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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Suspect the same Southern hawker dragonfly I'd seen before visited the garden yesterday, I watched it hunting for a while and it eventually hung up in a dried Euphorbia flowerhead. Rather fedup with the uninspiring background I decided to try and persuade the dragon to get onto my finger. Managed it but it took off again before I could take any photos. Repeated this process again, got it onto my finger again and it stayed there long enough for some photos before taking off again for a hunt. It actually came back again and hung up in the same plant whilst chewing on a ladybird.

Brian v.















Aug 05, 2012 at 10:40 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


brilliant shots esp like nos 2 and 3


Aug 05, 2012 at 11:20 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Yes, Aeshna cyanea the Southern Hawker male.

That three-celled triangle at the base of the hind wing (male), together with the dorsal abdominal and face patterning are diagnostic.

Harold

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Aug 05, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


awesome set brian.
enjoyed them all.



Aug 05, 2012 at 12:54 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


That finger of yours must be magical!!!
Wonderful shots!!!



Aug 05, 2012 at 06:47 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


beautiful set, I like #4


Aug 05, 2012 at 07:19 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Thanks all for the comments and Harold for the info
brian v.



Aug 06, 2012 at 06:53 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Wonderful dragonfly


Aug 06, 2012 at 08:53 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Wonderful shot Brian !!! You certainly have a way with the insects

Birdie



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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Yesterday I had a couple of brief encounters with a female (same scheme but green markings instead of blue ones) of this species at the brook along the bottom of my garden.

Having previously seen it, I walked down to see if it was around (not taking my camera). It was hovering just where I would have stepped to enter the stream. It then rose to about my knee level and gave me a long checkout at close quarters. Later in the day, I was a few paces upstream and she gave me another looking over, hovering within reach of my right hand which was at my side. This time I had my camera but I didn't want to startle her by moving it around. Unfortunately, she did not settle nearby. We had only those few minutes of sunshine on a dull and breezey day. I know where to find her on the next sunny day!

Harold



Aug 07, 2012 at 05:37 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Thanks for the comments and observations
Brian v.



Aug 07, 2012 at 06:20 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Excellent set Brian!

I've done the same with a few species down here -seems like they stop viewing you as a threat after a while.



Aug 08, 2012 at 08:25 AM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Fun series, Brian! Itīs really great when you can examine them so close.

I have got similar experiences often with Ophiogomphus cecilia, they are perching on top of the head, hand, camera, tripod legs, shoulders, you name it... always fun...

I was once watching an A. grandis patrolling. Every time he flew in front of me he slowed and looked like he was checking whatīs that. After couple of passes he decided that would be great perching place and landed on my upper lip...

By the way, Aeshna caerulea = Azure Hawker. The one here is Aeshna cyanea which is as you mentioned Southern Hawker. Azure Hawker is so different and itīs habitats are bogs, definitely not gardens



Aug 08, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


j.ankapaa wrote:
By the way, Aeshna caerulea = Azure Hawker. The one here is Aeshna cyanea which is as you mentioned Southern Hawker. Azure Hawker is so different and itīs habitats are bogs, definitely not gardens

Quite correct. I intended to write cyanea, and concentrated so hard on not writing caerulea that the inevitable happened.

Now corrected

Harold



Aug 08, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


I'm always amazed that you can do this. We have one Darner over here that will land on you - the Harlequin Darner...John


Aug 08, 2012 at 04:18 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Well done on the training great shots too


Aug 09, 2012 at 04:17 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Taming a Southern hawker ?


Thanks everybody for the comments and info
I have certainly had these accidently land on me before
Brian v.



Aug 09, 2012 at 06:27 AM





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